Mozart's Last Aria

Mozart's Last Aria

By Matt Rees

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780062015860, 303pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

Description
Award-winning author Matt Rees takes readers to 18th centuryAustria, where Mozart's estranged sister Nannerl stumblesinto a world of ambition, conspiracy, and immortal music while attempting touncover the truth about her brother's suspicious death. Did Mozart's life endin murder? Nannerl must brave dire circumstances tofind out, running afoul of the secret police, the freemasons, and even theAustrian Emperor himself as she delves into a scandal greater than she had everimagined. With captivating historical details, compelling characters, and areal-life mystery upon which everything hinges, Rees the award-winning authorof the internationally acclaimed Omar Yussefcrime series writes in the tradition of Irvin Yalom sWhen Nietzsche Wept, Louis Bayard's The Pale Blue Eye, andPhillip Sington's The Einstein Girl to achievethe very best in historical fiction with Mozart's Last Aria.


About the Author
Matt Rees is an award-winning crime novelist and foreign correspondent. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed Omar Yussef crime series, including The Collaborator of Bethlehem. He is also the author of Cain s Field, a nonfiction account of Israeli and Palestinian society. Matt lives in Jerusalem.


Praise For Mozart's Last Aria

“Matt Rees cleverly weaves music, crime, and conspiracy into a sumptuous historical whodunit, set against the decadent backdrop of 18th-century Vienna.”
-Marie Claire

“Rees nails the details of Mozart’s Vienna with precision, seasoning his story with musical details that will delight fans of classical music. . . . A beautiful book lluminated by the author’s own musical background that moves slowly and deliberately to a fine conclusion.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Engaging, well-paced. . . . Combining Dan Brown or Elizabeth Kostova–style historical conspiracy theory with cozy detective novel, Rees’s latest offers a genuinely felt reverence for the power of Mozart’s music and its lasting impact in the world.”
-Publishers Weekly

“An excellent choice for mystery fans and historical fiction readers.”
-Booklist

“Mozart, music, and murder seamlessly blend together in this fascinating historical mystery. A perfect read to go with a crackling fire and a pot of hot chocolate.”
-Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girl

“A stunning combination of mystery and meticulously researched historical fiction. . . . A sweeping, gorgeously written book.”
-Tasha Alexander, author of Dangerous to Know

“Mozart fans and codecrackers will enjoy the clever musical riddle. A very readable historical mystery romp.”
-The Times (London)

“This absorbing Viennese soap opera is a solid choice for readers who like fiction about historical figures caught up in suspenseful intrigues such as Matthew Pearl’s The Dante Club or Gyles Brandreth’s Oscar Wilde mysteries.”
-Library Journal